Rate: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Genre: Sci-Fi, BDSM
Publication day: January 29, 2013
Length: 104 pages
Publisher: Loose Id
Liam loves his life as a linguist and trader on the Rownt homeworld, but he has ignored his heart and sexual needs for years. He won’t risk letting anyone come too close because he won’t risk letting anyone see his deeply submissive nature. For him, submission comes with pain. Life burned that lesson into his soul from a young age. This fear keeps him from noticing that the Rownt trader Ondry cares for him.
Ondry may not understand humans, but he recognizes a wounded soul, and his need to protect Liam is quickly outpacing his common sense. They may have laws, culture, and incompatible genitalia in their way, but Ondry knows that he can find a way to overcome all that if he can just overcome the ghosts of Liam’s past. Only then can he take possession of a man he has grown to love.
My View: I have mix feelings about the whole thing. I loved Ondry and the whole alien trading concept. And Liam is interesting on his own, but I think, the communication problems he had with Ondry, took away a little. Probably, missing the courting years gave the relationship a rush feeling.
If I look at the story without the physical relationship between the MCs, I’ll consider it mainstream Sci-Fi, even literary fiction. I think it’s more of an intellectual interpretation of a power exchange relationship than a BDSM romance. Which I thought the book was due to the blurb.
If you are looking for heavy BDSM or tail fetish, this is not the book. Those aspects were just part of the cultural environment and biological necessity. The power exchange is the central point explored between the main characters.
Overall, the book is an interesting new take on interactions between humans and aliens and the possibilities of travel and trade between planets. The author did an excellent job creating a possible world with individual characteristics and cultural traits.
What I liked the most: Ondry. He was a great character, lovable and possessive.
I wanted more of: I think, I just wanted more of a romance in the end, perhaps in the next book.
Who should read it: Fans of HEA between humans and aliens.